Top-Rated Placer County Criminal Defense Attorney Specializing in the Sacramento Region and the Gold Country
My name is Michael Phillips, and I assume since you are researching criminal defense attorneys, you or a family member has been arrested or charged with a crime. Hopefully, you will notice right away some important differences about my site. There are no pictures of handcuffs, flashing police lights, jail bars or folks being arrested under the watchful eye of a policeman. Frankly, you probably have enough stress already - and one of my most important jobs as your criminal defense attorney, is to lower your stress, not increase it.
What makes us different...
First, Mr. Phillips Will Personally Handle Your Case
At The Phillips Law Offices, your case is always personally handled by the senior attorney in the firm name, unlike certain “state-wide” firms that once retained, farm out their work to inexperienced junior attorneys. A lot of firms on the internet talk about their “TV exposure” and “big city” expertise in criminal and DUI defense, but in reality specialize more in marketing than quality criminal representation. So the first question you should always ask is, "Who is actually going to be my criminal defense lawyer?" You have the right to know this information before you retain a criminal law firm’s services.
Mr. Phillips is dedicated to getting the best possible outcomes for his clients. He listens to his clients at a time when few people stop to hear any side but the prosecution. He understands that many clients do not have a lot of money to pay for expensive lawyers with big ad budgets, but knows their case is just as important. Mr. Phillips understands that being arrested or charged with a crime is a frightening experience. Thats why The Phillips Law Office mission is to ethically and tenaciously defend our clients, even before the case reaches the courtroom. With years of experience in the criminal justice system in Placer, Sacramento, Butte and Nevada County, he is able to deliver a hard-hitting defense in a cost-effective manner. If you are seeking an aggressive and tenacious Placer County criminal defense lawyer who will work diligently and give you straight advice without any "legalese", you are personally invited to call him.
Second, Close Personal Contact with Your Attorney
Facing criminal charges is a stressful situation and nothing compounds the stress more than the inability to reach your attorney. At The Phillips Law Offices, we put a premium on the accessibility of our Placer County criminal defense lawyers and support staff. We are here to provide emotional support as well as legal representation. To do this, every day we strive for three policies:
Every client phone call, email or text is returned the same day; and
Every client gets the personal cell phone number of his/her attorney.
We strive to have an “open door” philosophy informing clients each step of the process
Not only does this provide you the assurance of knowing you can reach your lawyer at critical times, it also helps us to do our job more effectively. Working together on a case not only lowers stress your stress, but results in a better outcome since our clients are the best resource for understanding what happened. We want to hear from you, and you will definitely be hearing from us. Working together, we map out the story and put together the best defense possible for success.
Third, Local Criminal Defense Expertise...Who Actually Know the Local Courts.
The Phillips Law Office brings knowledge of local courts’ culture and practices to the defense of individuals who have been charged with felony, misdemeanor, and DUI crimes in the greater Sacramento region and Gold Country including: Placer County, Sacramento County, Nevada County and Butte County. The Phillips Law Offices is not a referral firm and we do not make money splitting lawyers fees. (There are enough of those on the Internet.) We do not practice nationwide or even statewide (as if that were truly possible).
I limit my practice to the local courts so I know the local judges and prosecutors. I have spent 20+ years asking tough questions from the defense side of the table, not easy questions to police officers or experts from the prosecution side. By working day in and day out in the same places, we develop trusting relationships with judges, prosecutors, probation officers and court staff. Moreover, we know how things work in particular courtrooms, and with particular prosecuting offices. Unlike criminal attorneys who claim to practice statewide or who are seldom in the local court, we know the little details that can make all the difference.
The Phillips Law Offices accepts cases in the greater Sacramento Area and Gold Country including all of Placer County, Nevada County, Butte County and El Dorado County.
Fourth...We Take a Proactive Approach to All Cases
Some Placer County criminal defense lawyers take a "wait-and-see" approach. They stall until the first court date, or until they receive the police reports, before investigating and working with you on your case. At The Phillips Law Offices, we believe there's no time to waste. The most critical window for defense work may be the first few days following an arrest, or even prior to formal charges being filed. By getting to work immediately, oftentimes we can persuade the prosecutor either not to file criminal charges or less serious charges.
Contact Us for a Free Confidential Consultation
We like to start every case the same way: by listening. We sit down with you (and your witnesses) to hear exactly what happened. The police and the accusers are going to have their story. We will be presenting yours, so we want to start by hearing and understanding your side of it. Call us at 1 (800) 978-0186. If you call my office, my staff will put your call through to me, not a salesperson. I invite you to read through this site or call me to discuss your case free of charge. I will give you an honest appraisal of the charges, your situation and the options you have. No legalese, just straight talk. And if I am not the attorney for you, I will do my utmost to refer you to the person who is.
Types of Cases We Handle.
Placer County Criminal Defense and DUI Defense Attorneys
When you have been arrested for a DUI and you don't think it's fair, you need a Placer County DUI Attorney who can protect your rights...make sure you're treated fairly...and who knows how to get results. You've just found that law firm.
When looking for a Placer County DUI attorney, a general practice attorney is not the answer. I do not handle every type of case under the sun. I do not do family law, property law or any case that comes through the door. Instead, I have chosen to apply my efforts with a focus on the crimes, laws and defenses I know best: Criminal and DUI defense. When hiring a lawyer, like a doctor, its best to hire one focusing on the problem you have.
As a member of The National College for DUI Defense, California DUI Lawyers Association and in my 20+ years as a defense attorney I have successfully helped hundreds of families and individuals through this difficult time. Among the drunk driving cases we handle are Vehicle Code 23152(a) (b), underage DUI, DUI causing injury, hit and run and gross vehicular manslaughter.
Placer County Violent Crime Attorneys
Prosecutors and judges take violent crimes the most seriously. California's mandatory sentencing laws can lead to lengthy prison sentences. But many people accused of violent offense are truly not guilty. Often the situation arose out of self-defense, accident, misidentification, false accusations or mental illness. Our Placer County criminal attorneys can help you explore these defenses and fight the charges. We also defend clients prosecuted under California's Three Strikes Law. Among the violent crime charges we defend against are:
Penal Code 187 Murder
Penal Code 207 Kidnapping
Penal Code 211 Robbery
Penal Code 215 Carjacking
Penal Code 245 Assault
Penal Code 422 PC Criminal Threats
Penal Code 451 Arson
Placer County Sex Crimes Attorneys
The Phillips Law Offices provide premiere criminal defense on serious felony and misdemeanor sex charges in the greater Sacramento region and Gold Country including: Placer County, Sacramento County, Nevada County and Butte County. We have extensive experience successfully defending the most serious of sex charges. Mr. Phillips is one of the few sex crimes attorneys in the state to win not guilty verdicts in several “sexual violent predator” (SVP) trials, the toughest sex cases there are.
Many of our cases are referred by other attorneys as we pride ourselves in accepting and successfully defending tough cases other attorneys will not take. The justice system is handing down overwhelmingly harsh sentences for sex offenses at every level, including misdemeanor sex offenses. If an individual is convicted, prison may only be the beginning. Sex offender registration lasts a lifetime and is required for not only felony convictions but misdemeanors as well. Moreover, if a person is labeled a “sexually dangerous predator” (SVP) after they serve a prison sentence, they then can be indefinitely committed to a mental institution in California.
And now, new laws require lifetime GPS monitoring and strict residence requirements where a person can even live. However, many innocent people get falsely accused of sex crimes, especially date rape, lewd acts with a child, and sexual assault.
Sex crimes allegations can devastate a person's entire life even before charges are filed. It has been said, "it is the deadliest accusation". If you, or a loved one, has been accused of sexual misconduct of any kind, you need a Placer County sex crimes attorney who understands how these accusations are made and how to defend them. If you want to find out what can be done for your situation, I will be glad to talk with you. I know you will find my staff incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and willing to help. I am confident that you will be impressed with my firm and what we will be able to do for you.
At The Phillips Law Offices, the goal is to prove innocence whenever possible, to seek treatment when appropriate, and to maintain fairness and balance in the system. We defend against all sex crimes charges, including
Penal Code 243.4 Sexual Battery
Penal Code 261.5 Statutory Rape
Penal Code 288 Lewd Acts with a Child
Penal Code 290 Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
Penal Code 311 Child Pornography
Penal Code 314 Indecent Exposure
Penal Code 647(a) Lewd Conduct in Public
Penal Code 647(b) Prostitution Solicitation
Penal Code 261 Rape
Penal Code 262 Drug induced rape
Penal Code 289 Sex Penetration
Sex Computer crimes
Sexual Violent Predator civil commitments
Placer County Theft Crime Attorneys
Most people accused of theft or financial crimes are good citizens with minimal records who simply took a wayward path, and some are factually innocent. In any case, our Placer County criminal defense attorneys can help you fight the charges, often times keeping the stigma of a criminal conviction off your record.
We represent clients as to all financial and property crimes, such as
Penal Code 459 Burglary
Penal Code 487 Grand Theft
Penal Code 488 Petty Theft (Shoplifting)
Penal Code 496 Receiving Stolen Property
Penal Code 503 Embezzlement
Penal Code 666 Petty Theft with a Prior
Placer County Domestic Violence Attorneys
More people get wrongfully accused of domestic violence than any other type of crime. Sometimes a person strikes his wife or girlfriend by accident or in self-defense during a mutual struggle. Other times the accuser lies to the police and makes up false allegations of abuse. Accusers fabricate stories out of anger or jealousy, or to gain the upper hand in divorce or child custody proceedings. Whatever the case, our Placer County criminal attorneys can help you fight back.
We defend clients against any accusations of domestic violence, spousal battery or spousal abuse, in particular
Penal Code 243(e)(1) Domestic Battery
Penal Code 273 a Child Endangerment
Penal Code 273 d Child Abuse
Penal Code 273.5 Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Cohabitant
Placer County Drug Crimes Attorneys
Police frequently use unreliable informants, defective warrants and other illegal methods to make drug busts. Our Placer County criminal defense lawyers can challenge these unconstitutional searches and search warrants, in an effort to get evidence and cases thrown out of court. For clients struggling with addiction problems, we can often help you get Proposition 36, PC 1000 drug diversion or other treatment programs as an alternative to jail.
We represent clients in all misdemeanor or felony drug charges, including
Health & Safety Code 11350 Possession of a Controlled Substance
Health & Safety Code 11351 Possession for Sales,
Health & Safety Code 11352 Sales or Transportation of a Controlled Substance
Health & Safety Code 11377 Possession of Methamphetamine.
Health & Safety Code 11357(a) Possession of concentrated Cannabis
Health & Safety Code 11357(b) Possession of under an ounce of marijuana.
Health & Safety Code 11357(c) Possession of over one ounce of marijuana.
Health & Safety Code 11358 Cultivation of Marijuana
Health & Safety Code 11359 Possession with Intent to Sell marijuana
Health & Safety Code 11360 Transportation of Marijuana
Contact Us for a Free Confidential Consultation
If you want to find out how you can be helped, I will be glad to talk with you. It costs nothing to speak to our office. You will find our staff incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and willing to help. I am confident that you will be impressed with my firm and what we may be able to do for you. Please feel to call my office toll free at 1-800-978-0186 to schedule a confidential no- charge consultation or, if you prefer, e-mail me directly from the Contact Us page.
The Phillips Law Offices: Placer County & Gold Country Criminal Defense
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